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Gay men's health concerns ignored

stonewallhealthStonewall has published the results of what it believes to be the biggest survey into Gay and Bisexual Men’s Health – and its findings raise serious concerns around issues of mental health and domestic abuse.
It finds that although attention has been paid to matters of sexual health, very little attention has been paid to other health concerns that affect gay and bisexual mean. For example, it’s already been discovered that gay and bisexual men are more likely to attempt suicide or self-harm, have depression, smoke, drink and take illegal drugs.
Stonewall’s survey – which questioned nearly 6,900 men who had used NHS services in the past year, and is available online at www.stonewall.org.uk/gaymenshealth – also found that gay and bisexual men are more likely than men in general to have experienced domestic abuse from a family member or partner. Four in five of those who have faced abuse have never reported it to the police, and more than half of those who did report were not happy with how the police dealt with the situation.
Stonewall Chief Executive Ben Summerskill said: “This deeply troubling report provides hard evidence that Britain’s 1.8 million gay and bisexual men are being let down by health services which often see homosexuality and bisexuality purely as sexual health issues. As a result hundreds of thousands of gay and bisexual men are in dire need of better support from health professionals. This landmark report makes a number of recommendations that could help health services improve before more lives are ruined.”
With regards to sexual health, the report also found that one in three men have not been tested for HIV, which, it concludes, raises: “grave concerns about the effectiveness with which hundreds of millions of pounds of public money have been spent on HIV awareness and prevention in recent years.”

Posted: 25 April 2012

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